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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey

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Title: Yours to Keep (GoodReads)
Publisher: Harlequin

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 01 March 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0373776861
Format: ebook
Pages: 336

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Place(s) Traveled to: Concord, New Hampshire 

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): “Still as ugly as ever, I see.”

Kowalski Family Series Order
Book 3: Yours to Keep
Book 4: All He Ever Needed
Book 5: All He Ever Desired (19 Nov 2012)
Book 6: All He Ever Dreamed (13 Jan 2013)

Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey is the third installment in her Kowalski family series. This book introduces the reader to the Kowalski cousins who hale from Maine. The hero of this story is Sean Kowalski who just left the military and is staying in Kevin’s (from Undeniably Yours) old apartment while he figures out what he is going to do next. Enter in Emma who is a friend of one of the other Kowalski wives and who has heard much about Sean over the years. She invents a relationship with him in order to keep her grandmother from worrying. Which is all fine and dandy until grandma wants to meet Sean.

Thus comes one of my favorite tropes in the romance world the relationship of convenience.  Sean is in a state of flux and can’t resist a damsel in “distress” and so moves in with her to help Emma convince Grandma that are living out an HEA. When in reality they had only just met. This situation lead to a few laughs throughout the novel as Sean’s Kowalski cousins, while helpful of the deception, also took every opportunity they could to subtlety poke fun of it as well.  It was a light hearted book and I really enjoyed seeing all the various members of the Kowalski clan that we’ve gotten to know over the previous two books. 

As with the other books there was also a secondary romance sub-plot and as with the ones that came before I was less than thrilled with it. This one involved Emma’s grandmother and an acquaintance that they all know from town. The only parts that I really enjoyed from the grandmother’s POV was those times when she was plotting with Mary Kowalski. Those two women together were a hoot during all the various family shenanigans. 

Overall, Yours to Keep, was a fun installment in the Kowalski family saga. It had a good pace to it and had some humorous moments to it as well. The relationship between Emma and Sean was realistic and never felt too forced or rushed. If you like contemporary romance then this is one to check out. Even with that secondary plot which is just kinda blah and doesn’t add to the story. Though, I think this sort of sub-plot is going to be standard in a Shannon Stacey story as she’s had one in every book I’ve read of hers so far. *le sigh* I think her books would be better without them and